Could the pair be collaborating on Rihanna's forthcoming album?
Alexandra Pollard

11:26 20th January 2015

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A new Rihanna song has been registered online, which credits Florence + The Machine's Florence Welch as a contributing writer.

The song is called 'A Night', and lists Robyn R. Fenty (Rihanna's real name) as the first writer, alongside Christian Keyon Jr. Boggs, Florence Leontine Mary Welch and Paul Richard Epworth. Apparently middle names are important in this business.

Given the name of the song, it's possible that Welch's involvement will just be a sample of 'Only If For A Night', taken from Welch's 2011 album Ceremonials.

The song registration, which you can see below, was pointed out on Pop Justice's forum.

Listen to 'Only If For A Night' below

Rihanna has reportedly been in the studio with DJ Mustard, Ester Dean, Ne-Yo... and now perhaps Florence Welch, working on the follow-up to 2012's Apologetic.

  • Welch rose to fame due to Mairead Nash. She cornered her in a bathroom and sang Etta James's 'Something's Got a Hold on Me'. A week later, Welch received a phone call asking her to perform at a club night.

  • Welch has huge fashion influence, Gucci designer Frida Giannini has said that Welch served as an inspiration for the house’s winter 2011 collection; Giannini also created the outfits for Florence + The Machine’s most recent US tour.

  • 'What the Water Gave Me' was inspired by a Frida Kahlo painting. Describing the painting in question, Welch said: "that one where her feet are in the bath and all of her nightmares and dreams are in the bath with her. It got me thinking about the water and the sea. When I was growing up, there were these news stories that kept popping up in my life about children who would get swept out to sea, and the parents would dive in after them. I%u2019d seen these news stories crop up again and again, and it made me think of this idea of the sea being this entity that needs a sacrifice."

  • Welch was terrified throughout her teens, "If you asked me to go back to being 14 or 15, I couldn't %u2013 it was a terrifying time. I was so awkward in my own skin. I used to hide behind my hair because I was so ridiculously self-conscious."

  • Welch travelled around her first tour (supporting MGMT in 2008) with her dad in a camper van because she didn't have any money.

  • Florence once locked eyes with Paul McCartney and sang, "Rebel rebel, how could they know? / Hot tramp, I love you so . . . " during a David Bowie cover at an Alexander McQueen tribute gig. She'd never met him before.

  • Welch received her education at the Camberwell College of Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career.

  • Florence's mother was Evelyn, a professor of renaissance studies and academic dean of arts at Queen Mary, University of London. She doesn't listen to music.

  • Welch has described love as a 'sickness': "Love is horrible, though, isn't it? I mean, when you’re in love, it’s like a sickness. Such madness."

  • She has said she was really in to witch craft as a younger lady, "I made mini shrines in my bedroom with candles and tried to cast spells to make the boy in the next class fall in love with me. I don’t think he did."

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